Parodia plant grow and care – cactus of the genus Parodia also known as Ball cactus, Parodia plant perennial plant and used as ornamental stems and flowers drought tolerant plant, can grow in desert, mediterranean, subtropics climate and growing in hardiness zone 10-12, possible to grow with the right overwinter care in hardiness zone 10a (especially for seedling)
Stem color green (and rarely yellow) the shape is oval, the spines cover the entire stem angles white or yellow color.
What is the best way to start growing? Plant / Seed (explanation bellow) / Vegetative reproduction
How to propagate: Daughter plants mostly need to take care when pull it from the ground you take all the roots, take a plastic spatula or something harder depend the soil and uncover the roots, dig around the plant and better to use air blower machine or wash it with stream (but let it dry after)
Cutting – better to take all the cactus and cut it for pieces or else it’s just looks cut in the middle, cut with sterile knife after this let the cut part to stay on the shade to heal it’s might take few weeks and even months, put it on the soil with support (stick or something that won’t fall) cover lightly and lightly from the side and water it small amount of water.
Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction? No, but easier start to grow from daughter plants, it’s faster and the ratio of success is high
Difficulties or problems when growing: Doesn’t like too much water, might be problem in the rainy season
Planting season: Spring to summer in hardiness zone 10, spring to autumn in hardiness zone 11, all year in hardiness zone 12
How to plant: Main problem it’s the spines get into the skin and it’s hard to get next to cactus, need to relocate the cactus with papers cover enough that the spines won’t get to your hands, to put the soil need to use spoon or small shovel to push and tighten the soil, also possible to do it by hand but don’t squeeze.
Pests and diseases: Snails, slugs, fungus colletotrichum
Pruning season: All year
How to prune: Usually there is nothing to prune, mostly for pruning is old stems that can’t hold and will fall, in big species above 50cm (20 inches) might be dangerous for the plants next to it or people that stand next to it, need to cut the rotten part before effect on all the plant and if the plant is rotten need to cut all the plant and let the daughter plant to grow instead.
Size of the plant: 5cm-1m, 2-40 inches
Growth speed in optimal condition: Slow growing
Water requirement: Small amount of water, better let it dry between watering
Light conditions in optimal condition for growing: Full Sun
Is it possible to grow indoor as houseplant? No
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes
Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers: Yes, container or clay pot that will be bigger 20-50% than the plant (not need deep because the root shallow) for good drainage that important use in the bottom of the container with little rocks like: gravel, lava rocks or pebbles, soil should be cactus potting mix, make holes in the container for good drainage, after few years when the roots fill the container or the soil lose viability, need to switch the soil
Bloom season: Spring to summer
General information about the flower Yellow, pink, orange, purple or red flowers, the flower bloom on top of cactus in bowl shape